Apple products accounted for almost a fifth of NYC thefts in 2013

More than 8,000 iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices were stolen in NYC last year, according to an NYPD report

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Though New York City became a much safer place under Michael Bloomberg's administration, one major type of crime hasn't dropped—grand larceny, and you can blame Apple products for that. According to NYPD data, the number of grand larcenies has risen every year since 2010, whereas the amount of murders, car thefts et al. has dropped. A major factor is the frequency of iPads, iPhones and other Apple electronic devices being stolen.


As originally reported by The Wall Street Journal, 18 percent of thefts last year involved Apple products—8,465, to be exact. In 2002, there were only 25 similar cases with Apple devices. Many of these snatchings happen on public transportation, so hold on to your prized gold iPhone 5S while you're riding the train!


Check out the NYPD Crime Map to find out what crimes are being committed in your neighborhood.


(h/t Los Angeles Times)



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